Joseph Walker began his business career at Columbia in 1901 at the age of sixteen, and from a humble start has risen to a position among the prominent cotton men of the South.
He was born at Yorkville. York County, in 188), son of J. O. and Minnie (Lowry) Walker. The Lowry family are descendants of early Scotch Presbyterian settlers of York County. J. O. Walker, who d1ed a few years ago, was a native of Union County, but in early life his family moved to York County. His mother was a member of the historic Bratton family of York County. All these various families represent a high character of citizenship wh1ch has long been associated with the people of York County, and the Walkers, Lowrys and Brattons have at different times played an important part in the history of the state.
Joseph Walker left school at Yorkville at the age of sixteen, and came to Columbia in 1901. For two weeks he worked at wages of $3.50 a week in a furniture store. Then came the opportunity to engage in the cotton business with W. E. Smith & Company. For two seasons he bought cotton on the street and then entered the employ of the M. C. Heath Company. For two years he remained on a salary and then was promoted to a membership in the firm, with which he enjoyed successful relations for twelve years. Mr. Walker in 1917 established the
firm of Hollowell & Walker, and for the season 1918-19 the volume of its business was estimated at 65,000 bales of cotton. Mr. Walker was honored in August, 1919, by being elected a member of the New York Cotton Exchange. He is also a member of the Rotary Club of Columbia.
He married Miss Claudia Sadler of Rock Hill, York County. Their four children are Joseph, Jr., Marian Adele, Robert Cosmo and Claude.
[from History of South Carolina, 1920]
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